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This Is True Holiday Spirit: From A Ten Year Old

By Jueseppi B.



article-2253160-16A6373B000005DC-100_634x368Generosity: Gracie McNulty, pictured, served Christmas dinner to 50 homeless people, helped by her mother and three siblings




Girl of ten opens family cafe to serve dinner for 50 homeless to keep her dead father’s promise

  • Gracie McNulty served 50 homeless diners at cafe in Dewsbury, Yorkshire
  • Her father Craig had planned the event but died earlier this year
  • The 10-year-old said she wanted to carry out plan to ‘make him proud’


By CHRIS BROOKE of The Daily Mail Online.com UK


After ten-year-old Gracie McNulty’s father died in an accident, she wasn’t sure how to cope with her first Christmas without him. So she decided to abandon the usual family festivities – and make her father’s last Christmas wish come true instead.


With the help of her mother and three siblings, Gracie served turkey with all the trimmings to 50 homeless people yesterday.


Her father Craig, 38, was a regular charity volunteer who had served breakfast to the homeless on Boxing Day in the past, and  he had promised to open the  family’s cafe on Christmas Day this year. But Mr McNulty, a roofer, suffered serious head injuries when he fell while working. He was taken to hospital by air ambulance but died soon after the accident in August.


Gracie’s mother Sharon McNulty, 46, who runs the Grilled and Filtered cafe in Dewsbury, West  Yorkshire, said: ‘After he died Gracie said to me “I don’t want  to have Christmas at home this year, I want to do what daddy wanted and open the cafe on Christmas Day. ‘It wouldn’t feel right to celebrate so we’re serving Christmas dinner to people who don’t have a home to go to.’ She added: ‘We’re all thinking of Craig. It’s all in his honour and he would be so happy with what we are doing.



article-2253160-16A635FF000005DC-24_634x414Brace: Gracie’s father Craig had promised to open the family’s cafe to the homeless on Christmas day but died after falling from a roof. His daughter wanted to open the cafe to fulfill his wishes.



article-2253160-16A636A4000005DC-267_634x390All smiles: The McNulty family with some of the homeless who were fed turkey dinners at the Grilled and Filtered cafe in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.




article-2253160-16A63677000005DC-433_634x420Helping out: Gracie was joined by her mother Sharon and three siblings: Kirstie, 19, Thomas, 21, and James, 26.




article-2253160-16A636AA000005DC-437_634x415Fed and watered: Gracie described it as ‘the best Christmas ever’ and said she wanted to do something to make her late father proud.



article-2253160-16A6374F000005DC-191_634x421Cafe: Grilled and Filtered in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire is run by Gracie’s mother Sharon McNulty.



The family gave tickets for the Christmas dinner to local charities who help the homeless, and their community donated money to fund the event. Gracie was joined by her mother and three siblings – Kirstie, 19, Thomas, 21, and James, 26 – to serve up turkey dinners for three hours between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm. Gracie said: ‘It’s been the best Christmas ever. I was just at school feeling sad about my dad so decided I wanted to do something to make him proud and this felt like the perfect thing. People have been coming in calling me “super Grace.” I haven’t asked my mum yet but I want to do this every year.’



To read the entire article, please visit The Daily Mail Online.com UK

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8 Responses

  1. Hey, thanks for sharing this wonderful lovely works by this little angel!

    • She and her family are a blessing to those homeless people. I have been homeless and I understand how a hot meal hepls. Thank you for your compassion Sydney. ;-)

  2. A beautiful child – inside & out. Her parent’s raised her well. I wish for her many blessings in all her years to come.

  3. this is so beautiful! thanks for sharing this, and thanks for stopping by my blog. yours has a LOT to absorb! i’lm painting right now and will be back when i have more time to read!! z

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